The favorite Black Walnut of Michaela Lambert, Taylor Howlett in September 2015

Name(s)

>Michaela Lambert, Taylor Howlett

Tree species 

>Black Walnut

Location

 >Mathew's Garden, University of Kentucky Campus

Narrative

We choose this Black Walnut in Mathew’s garden because we wanted to show some of the benefits that the trees and other plants in this garden offer the community. It was important for us to show the benefits of Mathew’s Garden because of talk of its possible demolition. For many student’s Mathew’s Garden presents the opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of campus and into nature, despite being in an urban environment. Because of this, we felt that choosing to adopt a tree in the Garden would allow us to show our appreciation for the garden as well as maybe inspire others to also consider its benefits as well the benefits of trees in an urban setting. We discovered that this tree, as well as others in urban forests can offer benefits such as energy conservation, carbon dioxide reduction, increased air quality, increased storm water interception and an increase in property value. This however, does not include intrinsic benefits, such as just being able to enjoy the scenery that the tree provides.

Rainwater interception (gallons)

=2057

Energy conservation (kWh)

=57

CO2 reduction (pounds)

=256

Overall annual benefits ($)

=35

 

Photography

  1. The favorite Black Walnut of Michaela Lambert, Taylor Howlett in September 2015